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US Coast Guard Reviews

Updated December 11, 2014
Updated December 11, 2014
363 Reviews
4.1
363 Reviews
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US Coast Guard Commandant of the Coast Guard Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr.
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Free training, steady pay and benefits (in 10 reviews)

  • Job security can be a great incentive, especially in these trying times (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • Time away from family was the biggest drawback, missed weddings and holidays (in 15 reviews)

  • There will be times you are away from home for several months at a time (in 14 reviews)

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  1.  

    Inspector

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Coast Guard full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The diversity of the job, people, and locations that you will travel to and transfer to. It's a secure employment and provides fairly good benefits.

    Cons

    It can be very challenging to work for a supervisor you can't stand or trust. You can't leave the company at will. Having to move when you're really happy with the unit/people you work with every 3 to 4 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of and respect those that you're in charge of. In return they'll want to do a better job for you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    I had a great experience with the CG, it is a very dynamic service with an excellent workforce

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Coast Guard as an intern

    Pros

    Great leadership and very professional

    Cons

    Too many layers in the chain of command, often times difficult to solve simple problems

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to the individual member that is actually conducting the operation

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    not for everybody

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    Current Employee - Lieutenant (O-3) in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Lieutenant (O-3) in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Coast Guard full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The missions are honorable, extremely honorable.

    Cons

    The culture is sluggish and linear, almost fearfully so.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be willing to take risks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Lots of mission creep, self-aggrandizement, and bureaucracy

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    Current Employee - Information Systems Technician in Alameda, CA
    Current Employee - Information Systems Technician in Alameda, CA

    I have been working at US Coast Guard full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    This is definitely the place to go if you want to get into Search and Rescue work.....unless you want to do things like Swift Water Rescue with Jet Skis, then you'll need to join the Sheriff's DEPT or CHP.

    Cons

    Too many to list. Bureaucratic displacement is alive and well. The prevailing ethos is.....I don't really know....play the game to get your pension, college, whatever? Whatever it is, any transcendent value is hard to find in the work ethic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go away; stop being yourself; grow a pair and climb the corporate ladder in the private sector instead of using the government to realize all of your aspirations of personal greatness and achievement.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Good job security, decent pay.

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    Former Employee - Military in Alexandria Bay, NY
    Former Employee - Military in Alexandria Bay, NY

    I worked at US Coast Guard full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of travel and good benefits.

    Cons

    There is the usual Government red tape

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Fine

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    Former Employee - Commander in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Commander in New York, NY

    I worked at US Coast Guard full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits and pension are highlights.

    Cons

    U/W hours are all consuming

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Career Builder

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    Former Employee - Regulatory Compliance in Morgan City, LA
    Former Employee - Regulatory Compliance in Morgan City, LA

    I worked at US Coast Guard full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Some of the best practical experience available anywhere while networking with top professionals. Great access to training that will further knowledge skills!

    Cons

    Lower wages and longer hours than industry counterparts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To increase personnel retention, consider revising military pay scales.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Great Organization with many possibilities

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Coast Guard full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    It is a military service that directly impacts fellow Americans mostly off US Coasts. It has all the benefits of DOD plus your training is utilized daily conducting or supporting multiple missions not just preparing for unfortunate threats abroad.

    Cons

    Constant transfers regardless of performance and the job list to pick from is more of a wish list. Your happy if you get the 2, 3, or 4 year assignment in the geographic area of interest. If not, tough it out until the next transfer or your contract is fulfilled.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Positive

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Coast Guard full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay and exelent benefits.

    Cons

    The lack of geographic stability.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great experiences in a wide variety of locations

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at US Coast Guard full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic people, opportunities to see the country, a challenging and dynamic work environment, ability to make a first hand impact on people's daily lives

    Cons

    Family instability with long hours, required moves every 2-4 years and sometimes unpredictable work schedule; longs office hours during certain times of the year to meet reporting requirements; around 20 years of service job opportunities significantly decrease

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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